PhD project - A dashboard of predictive analytics and decision support to drive care quality and person-centred outcomes in aged care

PhD project - A dashboard of predictive analytics and decision support to drive care quality and person-centred outcomes in aged care

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Scholarship program

PhD, full-time; Domestic applicants only (Australian citizens or permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens)


Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research (CHSSR)

Project name

A dashboard of predictive analytics and decision support to drive care quality and person-centred outcomes in aged care: Facilitating communication between General Practitioners and aged care clients and providers

Project description

The Aged Care Evaluation and Research (ACER) team at AIHI is offering an exciting new PhD project (3 years) in collaboration with project partners Anglicare, Sydney North Health Network (SNHN), Northern Sydney Local Health District, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association.

The PhD candidate will work within an expert team of national aged care and health informatics collaborators as part of a 5-year National Health and Medical Research Council grant to mobilise information technology in aged care to develop and evaluate a digital dashboard of predictive analytics and decision support. This highly applied research will demonstrate how technology can deliver actionable evidence-based information into the hands of aged care clients, workers, managers and policymakers to drive better care and outcomes for older Australians.

The candidate will develop an original aspect of the study using quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods approaches to examine how to facilitate better data exchange and communication between general practitioners and aged care clients and staff.

We highly encourage those with strong backgrounds in health informatics, clinical practice, or public health and health services research to get in contact to discuss this opportunity. Those from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in research are encouraged to apply.

For further information, see the Improving the quality of aged care in Australia project webpage.

Other important information

Supervision team:
  • Professor Johanna Westbrook, Director (CHSSR)
  • Dr Amy Nguyen, Research Fellow (ACER)
  • Dr Mikaela Jorgensen, Research Fellow (ACER)
  • Dr Karla Seaman, Research Fellow (ACER)

This project is available to eligible domestic candidates for direct entry into a full-time PhD program. The successful candidate will be directed to apply for Scholarship in the Domestic HDR Main Round. The scholarship is comprised of a Living Allowance Stipend valued at AUD$28,092 per annum (2020 rate, tax-exempt, indexed annually), with the potential of a $5,000 per annum top-up provided by SNHN.

How to apply:

Please confirm your suitability before applying by contacting Amy Nguyen (see below).

Applicants will need to complete the HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application via the Online Application System, selecting Domestic HDR Main Scholarship Round.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and, preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines. Applicants must also arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Applications close 31st October 2020 for programs starting in 2021.

Contact details for this project:

Dr Amy Nguyen

(02) 9850 2412

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